After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life.

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Sean Penn

Writers:

Sean Penn (screenplay), Jon Krakauer (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emile Hirsch ... Chris McCandless
Marcia Gay Harden ... Billie McCandless
William Hurt ... Walt McCandless
Jena Malone ... Carine McCandless / Additional Narrator
Brian H. Dierker Brian H. Dierker ... Rainey (as Brian Dierker)
Catherine Keener ... Jan Burres
Vince Vaughn ... Wayne Westerberg
Kristen Stewart ... Tracy Tatro
Hal Holbrook ... Ron Franz
Jim Gallien Jim Gallien ... Jim Gallien
James O'Neill James O'Neill ... Graduation Reader (as James J. O'Neill)
Malinda McCollum Malinda McCollum ... Waitress
Paul Knauls Paul Knauls ... Building Manager
Zach Galifianakis ... Kevin
Craig Mutsch Craig Mutsch ... Wayne's Crew #1
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Storyline

Based on a true story. After graduating from Emory University, Christopher McCandless abandoned his possessions, gave his entire savings account to charity, and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters who shape his life. Written by Lisa Kelley

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Go with your heart See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Based on the true story of Christopher McCandless. See more »

Goofs

When Christopher kayaks under the railroad bridge, BNSF engines are pulling the train. BNSF did not exist until the merger of Burlington Northern and Santa Fe railroads in 1995. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Christopher McCandless: Mom! Mom! Help me.
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Crazy Credits

The opening title is shown as part of Chris's journal's writings. See more »


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The Water Ran This Way Back and Forth
Written by James Rutledge
Performed by Pedro
Courtesy of Mush Records
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Oscar material
12 January 2008 | by h-talbotSee all my reviews

I watched this movie on the aeroplane after searching through the movie list and not finding anything else interesting to watch. I didn't even know what the film was called until the ending credits. However, what I saw was amazing - the acting and scenery was excellent and the plot was thought provoking. More people should watch this to appreciate the message to us all. I was also surprised to see it was was actually a true story which made it even more interesting (I love films that are based on true stories). It is one of the best movies i've seen that portrays the contrast between a materialistic world vs the natural world that is at the core of the universe. This is a film that can easily be overlooked but not forgotten.


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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Danish

Release Date:

19 October 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Into the Wild See more »

Filming Locations:

Oregon, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$212,440, 23 September 2007

Gross USA:

$18,354,356

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$56,675,895
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2.35 : 1
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